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#1 Posted on 7.3.05 1838.03
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http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7242_1263268,001800080000.htm

The gist: Some kids, ages 13 to 16, killed another kid, age 14, and they claim they were using moves they learned from playing MORTAL KOMBAT. They then throw the dead body in a river hoping to hide what they had done.

I used to play video games back when I was 13 and I never got the urge to kill anyone when I was 13! This saddens and sickens me, both at the same time.

Why do I get the feeling this is just a cover story to get the kids a lesser sentence and free up the parents from taking responsibility for their actions.
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#2 Posted on 7.3.05 2201.10
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Moves they learned in Mortal Kombat? Did they rip the other kid's head and spinal cord out, or did they freeze them solid and then shatter the body, or did they pull the skin off their own faces and burn them alive? Or did they just uppercut him so hard he got stuck in the spikes in the ceiling?

Talk about a bullshit cover story to attempt to get off, and it'll probably work and lead to another Lieberman-esque crackdown on the industry.
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#3 Posted on 8.3.05 0041.25
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This was in Latvia, and they were drunk.

Somehow I doubt this will be the ember that sparks a reform movement.
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#4 Posted on 8.3.05 0042.36
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    This was in Latvia, and they were drunk.

    Somehow I doubt this will be the ember that sparks a reform movement.
Don't you see?! Cerebus posting it HERE *is* that ember!
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#5 Posted on 8.3.05 0047.16
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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Guru Zim
      This was in Latvia, and they were drunk.

      Somehow I doubt this will be the ember that sparks a reform movement.
    Don't you see?! Cerebus posting it HERE *is* that ember!


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#6 Posted on 8.3.05 0800.41
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Next you'll have kids Spirit Bombing each other to death.
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#7 Posted on 8.3.05 1031.34
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    Originally posted by Ozzysun
    Next you'll have kids Spirit Bombing each other to death.


Ok... THAT was funny. But if you wanna know the REALLY sad thing... what were they doing playing Mortal Kombat? NO ONE plays Mortal Kombat anymore, right?
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#8 Posted on 9.3.05 0820.08
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I'm assuming they had the kid with the deepest voice yelling the "FINISH HIIM!" part...shouldn't he be busted as an accessory?
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#9 Posted on 9.3.05 1319.10
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"Your Honor, I had nothing to do with killing him. All I did was stand off in the corner and yell 'TOASTY!'"
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#10 Posted on 9.3.05 1426.39
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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    I used to play video games back when I was 13 and I never got the urge to kill anyone when I was 13! This saddens and sickens me, both at the same time.
I admit that I had urges when I was 13 to roll barrels down some steel girders to flatten some guy in overalls with a funny mustache...never acted on them though, but to deny them would be a lie.
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#11 Posted on 9.3.05 1511.23
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In today's DC Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18432-2005Mar8.html , the MD House is trying to restrict the sale of "violent" video games so it carries a fine of as much as $1,000 and six months in jail if a minor is sold a copy.

Why?

    Originally posted by article
    Proponents of the sale restrictions, similar to those in a measure proposed in the District, argued that the games have incited a wave of violence across the country, contributing to such killings as the slayings at Columbine High School in 1999 and Lee Boyd Malvo's shootings in the 2002 Washington area sniper killings.
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#12 Posted on 9.3.05 1534.38
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    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by article
      Proponents of the sale restrictions, similar to those in a measure proposed in the District, argued that the games have incited a wave of violence across the country, contributing to such killings as the slayings at Columbine High School in 1999 and Lee Boyd Malvo's shootings in the 2002 Washington area sniper killings.



I thought they had establihed that Columbine was Marylin Manson's fault. I guess now that he has faded away they can use Columbine to attack someone else.
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#13 Posted on 9.3.05 1721.31
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I thought the whole point of the ESRB Ratings was to find a way to regulate and restrict the sale of certain games to minors. Is it the retailers fault if parents are blissfully ignorant of what the ratings mean or what content is in the games?
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#14 Posted on 10.3.05 1212.41
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    Originally posted by brick
    I thought they had establihed that Columbine was Marylin Manson's fault. I guess now that he has faded away they can use Columbine to attack someone else.


Oh, Manson's still on the hit list, but Lieberman and his ilk were just as quick to point the finger at id Software's products. The phrase "murder simulator" rings a bell.

And now here's a REALLY strange bedfellow -- or maybe not:

(Hillary) Clinton assails ``epidemic'' of media sex and violence (NewsDay)

Highlight:
Clinton and fellow senators Sam Brownback, R-Kan., Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., and Rick Santorum, R-Penn., want the government to closely study the impact of media on the development of young children.

Um, THAT's an odd group to pal around with.

What interests me here is that she's never really been known to openly wave the "clean up America to PROTECT THE CHILDREN" banner from a blatantly religion-themed context, unlike Lieberman, Brownback, Santorum, Tipper Gore and the other PMRC wives, etc. Has Hillary experienced a spiritual awakening of sorts here, or is she just trying to drum up cheap political points?
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